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New Jersey Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products For Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

I have spent the last two days in Houston at the top of the below tower (AIG Insurance Tower) meeting with lawyers in the Con Agra Peanut Butter Litigation.  Frankly, there are so many lawyers involved, with so many different agendas, that people are losing sight of the fact that this was a major outbreak with tens of thousands of people sickened.  I had the opportunity to give an opening presentation, which you can find HERE.  The two videos are a bit too large to post so you might see a few blank slides.

So, while lawyers are spinning our wheels, Topps Meat Company, LLC, an Elizabeth, NJ, establishment, is voluntarily recalling approximately 331,582 pounds of frozen ground beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

10-pound boxes of “BUTCHER’S BEST 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES 75/25, 6 OZ. FLAT, 27 PIECES.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
10-pound boxes of “BUTCHER’S BEST 100% ALL BEEF PATTIES 75/25, 4 OZ. (4-1), 40 PIECES.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
10-pound boxes of “KOHLER FOODS 4 OZ. FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60100, 40 PCS.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
10-pound boxes of “KOHLER FOODS 6 OZ. FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60200, 27 PCS.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
10-pound boxes of “KOHLER FOODS 8 OZ. FLAT HAMBURGER, CODE: 60300, 20 PCS.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 23 08.”
10-pound boxes of “SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT, 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGERS 80/20, 8 OZ. FLAT, 20 COUNT.” Each box bears a packed-on date of “JUN 22 07.”
10-pound boxes of “SAND CASTLE FINE MEAT, 100% PREMIUM BEEF HAMBURGERS 85/15, 6 OZ. FLAT, 27 COUNT.” Each box bears a packed-on date of “JUN 22 07.”
2-pound boxes of “Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 8 Quarter Pounders.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 12 08.”
2-pound boxes of “Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 3 OZ., 10 COUNT.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUL 12 08.”
3-pound boxes of “Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers, 6 OZ. PUB Burgers.” Each box bears a sell-by date of “JUN 22 08.”

Each package also bears the establishment number “Est. 9748” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The frozen ground beef products were produced on June 22, July 12 or July 23 and were distributed to food service institutions in the New York metropolitan area and to retail establishments nationwide. An investigation into a cluster of illnesses in the Northeast region carried out by the New York State Department of Health in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention led to a positive product sample collected by the New York Department of Health.